• Monday, 20 April 2009

    Serie A Round 32: Milan catch Juve

    AC Milan 5 Torino 1
    Atalanta 0 Reggina 1
    Cagliari 2 Napoli 0
    Catania 2 Sampdoria 0
    Palermo 4 Bologna 1
    Roma 3 Lecce 2
    Siena 0 Chievo 2
    Udinese 3 Fiorentina 1
    Genoa 0 Lazio
    Juventus 1 Inter Milan 1

    The big clash on Saturday evening resulted in a draw, which suited Inter far more than Juventus. Mario Balotelli's finish put the visitors in the lead, only for a last-gasp Zdanek Grygera header to give Juve the point they in all fairness deserved from the contest. It is a result that leaves the gap between Inter and Juve at 10 points, but crucially Juventus slip to third after AC Milan thumped Torino on Sunday. It was a procession at the San Siro, Pippo Inzaghi living up to his super-poacher status with a hat-trick, while Kaka and Ambrosini also got on the scoresheet. The goal difference created by that win enabled AC Milan to leapfrog the Gobbini.

    Both 4th and 5th lost, ending good runs for both. Genoa had won four in a row before Mauro Zarate's solitary strike - his 12th of the season, beat them at the Luigi Ferraris. Fiorentina were beaten at Udinese, who seecond consecutive win gets them into the top half. Two Gaetano D'Agostino goals were the difference at the Estadio Friuli. As a result, Roma closed the gap in 6th to three points after they beat Lecce in a thriller in the Eternal City. Francesco Totti and Matteo Brighi gave the hosts an early 2-0 lead, only for Gianni Munari and Dimitrios Papadopoulos to claw it back for the struggling Southerners. Totti's late penalty, though, snatched the Giallorossi all 3 points.

    Palermo condemned Bologna to their fifth straight defeat, after a 4-1 hammering in Siciliy that included a 13th goal of the season for top-scorer Edison Cavani. Bologna are gone. Cagliari also kept their hopes of Europe alive with a 2-0 win over Napoli. Chievo are now 8 points clear of the drop, but they'd be a hell of a lot worse off were it not for the goals of frontman Sergio Pellissier - 11 for the season now for him after his double during their 2-0 win at Siena. Reggina earned a priceless first win in 6 as they won at Atalanta to leave them four points adrift, while Sampdoria were leapfrogged by their opponents on Sunday, Catania who triumphed 2-0.

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